Health Ministries Clinic receives New Access Point grant from Health Resources and Service Administration

Newton, Kan.- Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today awards of new grants made possible by the health care law to expand community health centers.

Health Ministries Clinic of Newton is one of 219 health centers who will benefit from a grant.

As a result, Health Ministries Clinic will receive $595,833 this year in federal funds for ongoing health center operations for the provision of comprehensive primary and preventive health care services. In future years, the clinic expects to receive $650,000 per year to support these activities.

“We are thrilled about this opportunity to have additional financial resources to accommodate our growth and to expand our range of services,” said Jo Kasitz, chairperson of Health Ministries Clinic’s board of directors.  “Our mission is to promote and improve the quality of life by providing holistic health care services to the medically underserved in our communities in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ.”

Health Ministries Clinic was founded in 1991 and operated for seven years with volunteer providers.  In 2007, the clinic received the federal designation of Federally Qualified Health Center – Look Alike.  The original application for this New Access Point grant was submitted in 2010.

This grant will complement other activities geared toward achievement of accreditation as a Patient Centered Medical Home, the integration project in behavioral health, collaboration initiatives with the county health department and our goal to co-locate these three entities together in one location.

Health Ministries Clinic employs 21 professionals: three physicians, a dentist, two nurse practitioners, one licensed clinical social worker, one integration care coordinator, four nurses, two dental hygienists and seven administrative staff.

During 2011, Health Ministries Clinic served more than 4400 patients through nearly 11,000 appointments.  More than 66% of those receiving services had no health insurance.

Health Center New Access Point grants, listed by organization and state, are available at http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2012tables/120620nap.html.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.healthcare.gov.  To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.

Health Ministries Clinic provides medical, dental and counseling services for the insured and uninsured in Harvey, Marion, McPherson andButlercounties regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance are accepted. Walk-ins are welcome as are same-day appointments. Health Ministries Clinic is open Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.